Andorra la Vella is the capital of Andorra. The city’s name means “Ancient Andorra “. The town is located in the southwestern part of the country, by the river Valira. Andorra la Vella is 1023 meters above sea level and is the highest capital of Europe. The city has 22,256 residents (2018).
Economy and business
The main industries are tourism and trade in duty-free goods. In the city there is also production of furniture and brandy.
Culture and education
The building La Casa de la Vall was built in 1580 and was the seat of the country’s parliament from 1702 to 2011, when the new parliament near the government quarter was opened. The Santa Coloma Church outside the capital was erected in the eighth century, while the church tower was built in the twelfth century. Church frescoes are not well maintained. The Romanesque-style St. Stephen’s Church is located in the city’s historic center. Andorra’s only university is located in the capital.